WIDNES’ Select Security Stadium will host this year’s Kingstone Press Finals Day on Sunday October 4.
John Kear only three weeks ago took his Batley side there to play Denis Betts’ team in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, and nearly pulled off a major cup upset against the Super League club, but were defeated 26-22.
The ground holds many memories for both the Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams, with both teams playing each other in the 2005 National League promotion/relegation play-offs.
NL1 strugglers Batley beat NL2’s Dewsbury 28-26 to give them another season in the middle league, while the Rams remained in the bottom tier.
Fast forward 10 years and while Glenn Morrison’s team are vying for a top four spot, aiming to reach the middle 8s competition, Batley, with only four league wins this campaign, will be pushing for a place in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield final.
The middle 8s will be formed with the four lowest Super League teams joining the four highest Championship sides.
The three highest-placed clubs will go into Super League for the 2016 season, while the fourth and fifth placed sides will battle it out in what is being named as ‘The Million Pound Game,’ with the winner also taking a place in the top tier of rugby league.
The remaining eight teams in the Championship will feature in the Shield competition, with two sides being relegated to League One for the 2016 campaign.